Leicester Mercury

Rutland rider on reserve list for world championsh­ips

- Teamjonese­questrian.com

RUTLAND-BASED rider Richard Jones and his horse Alfies Clover have been included in the list of 10 reserves from which the team for the Eventing World Championsh­ips in September will be selected.

Their good performanc­e at the Badminton 5* Horse Trials in May, right, did not go unnoticed by the British Equestrian and the British Eventing selectors.

The horse and rider combinatio­ns selected for the squad will then travel to Pratoni del Vivaro in Italy in September.

Richard said: “The UK has some of the best eventing horse and rider combinatio­ns at the moment.

“Witness the Badminton Internatio­nal Trials this year where Alfie came 10th, with just one Irish and one US horse placed in the top 10 – all the rest were Brits.”

Team Jones, based at Lowlands Farm in Rutland, has hit the 2022 equestrian season at a gallop.

Three of their young event horses all put in excellent performanc­es recently at the Rockingham Internatio­nal Horse

Trials. With just three months to go to Burghley 5*, the next step for Alfie will be Burgham 4* at the end of this month.

That will be followed by Burghley 5* at the beginning of September – or maybe a trip to Italy for the world championsh­ips if the combinatio­n are selected.

While Richard is emerging as a top internatio­nal eventer – he finished in the top 10 at Blenheim in 2018 – his wife Victoria is also going from strength to strength, building her internatio­nal dressage career.


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